Packed with Impressions

spacecolonel brought back many impressions from an Italian holiday and packed them all into the striking three-storey, Via Colonnelle.

My favourite part of this building is the balcony – love the water feature and the hanging flowers.  Furthermore, the vibrant colours really pop against the tan of the building.

The dome is also pretty special, with the clever use of the tail end pieces to create the curves required.

On the back, I love the use of the reddish-brown grill bricks for the shutters.

But these are just some of the highlights of this awesome building.  Check out all the details via the flickr album!

Thanks for the inspiration, spacecolonel.

Garage fit for a museum

carebear has created stunning corner modular building to provide a garage, storage area and general workshop for his museum.  The Garage features a striking facade and three fully furnished floors for parking museum vehicles, storing artefacts and museum staff to prepare, maintain and repair museum exhibits.


One of my favourite details on this building is the way that the roof is done, especially the inclusion of the skylights and the use of the sloped grill pieces:


The Garage is as beautifully done on the inside as it is on the outside, so make sure to check out the whole building in high-resolution on Brickshelf, and then head over to Eurobricks to join the conversation about this stunning building.

Thanks for the inspiration carebear!

A few of my favourite things …

Zara is one of my favourite places to shop, so it was no surprise that the Zara Clothes Shop by Alex (Olympio Albano) caught my attention.  The massive Zara store is spread over three levels, but you don’t need to worry about lugging all that shopping from one floor to the next, as there is a (manually operated) lift to take you from floor to floor!


There are plenty of details to catch your attention, so head over to the Flickr album to check them all out.

The Engineers

Castor-Troy has revealed the third instalment of his contribution to the Paris 1889 Steampunk project he is undertaking with his friend Domino39. Needless to say, it is another stunner from one of my favourite builders.

The Engineers - Castor-Troy

Head to Flickr to see Castor-Troy’s “The Engineers” in all its high-resolution glory.

10253 Big Ben

LEGO has released the details and images for the Big Ben (10253), available to buy from 1 July 2016, with early access for VIPs from 15 June 2016.  With more than 4,100 pieces and over 60cm tall, this set is massive!

Back cover:

See the photos here in their high resolution glory!

LEGO’s official narrative for this massive set:

Build the world’s best-known clock tower!

Get up close to Big Ben! The clock was first started on May 31st 1859, and Big Ben’s first chime rang from the 96-meter Elizabeth Tower on July 11th of the same year. This over 23” (60cm) high LEGO® interpretation of the iconic structure is a tribute to its engineering and architecture. It features a detailed facade with statues, shields and windows, and a clock tower with 4 adjustable clock dials and a removable roof allowing access to the belfry, plus buildable exterior elements including a sidewalk, lawn and a tree depicting the building’s location. This model makes a great display piece for the home or office.

  • Big Ben features a detailed section of the Westminster Palace and the adjoining Elizabeth Tower, 4 detailed clock dials with movable hour and minutes hands, and a sidewalk, tree and grass area depicting the building’s location.
  • Remove the top of the tower to access the Big Ben bell.
  • Put your LEGO® building skills to the test!
  • Special elements include 4 printed clock faces.
  • Rare elements include ski poles, flowers and corner plates in molded gold color, and tinted-translucent elements.
  • This set includes over 4,000 LEGO® pieces.
  • This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.
  • Big Ben measures over 23” (60cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.

Doughy Goodness

Suzi More’s Dunkin Donuts, with its custom stickers and bright colours, looks like the real thing and good enough to eat.  OK, maybe not the whole building, but the donuts definitely are.

The ground floor is furnished and includes the ultimate selection of donuts, displayed on a clever shelving system:

Who would have thought that orange, pink and tan could ever look so good?

Head over to the Flickr album for lots more images of the Dunkin Donuts.  Thanks for the inspiration, Suzi!

Museum of Civilisation

Inspired by her favourite museums, Karen Metz built the gorgeous Museum of Civilisation to showcase her historical collectable minifigures.  It is an impressive building, not only for its size, but also for the detailing inside and out.

My favourite detail on the outside is the top part of the roof, especially the way that the dormers have been done and the owls watching over the entrance.  On the inside, my favourite part is the dinosaur display on the ground floor.  From this angle, it looks like the Pteranodon (?) is flying through the exhibit.

Check out Karen’s Flickr photo stream for loads of closeup of the awesome displays in the Museum of Civilisation.

Modular Building Guide

RedHead1982 from BrickHamster has completed her awsome 7-part guide to building modular buildings, culminating in three beautiful modular buildings.

Head over to BrickHamster to see the full guide on how these modular buildings were made, covering everything from the placement of the technic bricks to the trims on the roof, as well as the interiors.

Thanks for the inspiration Redhead1982!

Saint Claire Street 5

Lego Ista’s Saint Claire Street has a gorgeous new addition, being the Libreria Antica (the Old Library, according to Google’s translator) on the left.

Lego Ista makes great use here of the new 1×1 brick with scroll in Tan.  The closeup of the Libreria Antica below also highlights the lovely colour combination used in this building.

Head over to Lego Ista’s Flickr stream for more images of the buildings on Saint Claire Street.